Deportation is the forced removal of ‘aliens’ from the territory of a state. Every year, a large number of rejected asylum seekers and irregular and undocumented migrants are removed by force from the country they migrated to, and returned to their country of origin against their will. Many will migrate again, making up what Peter Nyers has coined a global deportspora – an ‘abject diaspora’ whose migration cycle will no be stopped by deportation. What is it like to live with the immanent threat of deportation? What happens to deportees, who have been returned to their country of origin? And what makes people migrate again despite the prospect of being deported once more.
Join us in CAMP for a day of talks and performance exploring these questions and other aspects of deportspora:
- Shahram Khosravi (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stockholm University) will give a talk about post-deportation outcomes for Afghan asylum seekers deported from Sweden.
- Ghazel (artist, Iran/France) contributes with a performance inspired by stories collected from Afghan and Iranian undocumented migrants ‘in transit’ in Paris.
- Daniela Ortiz (artist, Peru/Spain) concludes the event with an artist presentation exploring the migration control systems of jus solis (birthplace citizenship) and jus sanguinis (bloodline citizenship).
- Kosal Khiev (poet, tattoo artist, artist-in-residence with Studio Revolt, USA/Cambodia) concludes the event with his spoken word performance Verses in Exile about prison incarceration and forced deportation
The event is conducted in English and was made possible in collaboration with Images 2016 and SMK: National Gallery of Denmark. All are welcome. Free admission and snacks.